Lately, I have had the great pleasure of enjoying a few stage productions on and off Broadway with my kids. Though truly, the list seems never ending with the amount of shows to see in NYC, when it comes to taking your kids, well, sometimes the list gets a little shorter.
Here are some productions I have seen as of late that you might want to consider taking your kids to if you’re in town.
Finian’s Rainbow at St. James Theater through January 3, 2010
A beautiful revival of the 1947 production, with music and performances that bring back the nostalgic days of theater. I was able to attend this show with my 12 year old and his friend. A feel-good show about about a lebrechaun, Irish immigrants, and a racist senator, it is comical, romantic, and political satire all at once. I really enjoyed it and so did my boys.
In The Heights, ongoing at Richard Rodgers Theater
I have a personal connection with this one. It’s a story that takes place in my neighborhood of Washington Heights, NY. This winner of 4 Tony Awards is that of a vibrant community in the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
It made me both laugh and cry, the music telling the stories of a people near and dear to my heart. It might even encourage you to venture further uptown in Manhattan and enjoy a little ‘cafecito‘. Also note, High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu will join the case on January 25th.
Fuerza Bruta at The Daryl Roth Theater in Union Square through March 28, 2010
From the creators of the smash-hit De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta is more of an event, than a performance. Amazing visuals, stunts, and sounds, this is truly a fun show to take your pre-teen and up. Dancers, performers, acrobats, this standing room only event is energy inducing. Watch where you stand, or you might get wet!
Groovaloo at Union Square Theater through January 3
This show brings together the magic of hip hop and free style onto one stage. The inspirational story of the dancers involved, where they came from, their dreams, fears, and success, narrated both in voice, song, but most importantly dance. A truly amazing show!
And though the above productions are best for older kids, you need not worry that the younger ones have to miss out (or you because of them).
My absolute favorite theater venue for families with little ones is located right on 42nd St. The New Victory Theater currently has ongoing performances that appeal to both the adult and child (small, tween, or teen) in your family. Check out their website for listings. This theater has it all, from lockers and space for stroller parking, to large spaces for little ones needing to take a break from it all. I recently saw a performance of Peter and The Wolf with my 4 year old, who absolutely loved the experience.
There are so many more shows to see of course, and this is quite a short list. But if you are planning to be in town from now through the New Year and are wondering what shows would be great to see with your family, or where, these is my short recommendation list.
Photo credit: Carol Cain